Hope and Heal Grantmaking

Spring 2017

Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG)

Hope and Heal Issue Area: Change the Narrative/Enhancing Field Effectiveness


Changing the Narrative About Gun Violence in California: Berkeley Media Studies Group, in partnership with the Hope and Heal Fund, will use an iterative, collaborative research process to support advocates and practitioners in California working to reframe gun violence to focus on prevention within the broader policy and environmental context. In the first phase of the work BMSG will assess narratives on gun violence currently present in California news to identify opportunities to elevate prevention and community-lead action. They will also build relationships with community groups around California working to address gun violence to gather and analyze the messages they are using to communicate about gun violence in California and identify their concerns about the narratives in play. The focus will be on identifying new and dynamic messages and narrative frames that support the work to reduce gun-related deaths and injuries in the state. Based on these analyses, BMSG will produce tools that the Hope and Heal Fund and its partners can use in the short term to shape their communications efforts. BMSG’s work will also lay the foundation for a longer-term project to develop a comprehensive, research-informed strategic communications tool and related trainings to support narrative change around gun violence in California.


UPDATE: On June 18th, 2018, BMSG released their Issue Brief: BMSG Issue 25: More than mass shootings: Gun violence narratives in California news. On June 21st, Hope and Heal and BMSG held a webinar to discuss the results and which can be heard here.

Advance Peace

Hope and Heal Issue Area: Advance Strategies That Work


Funding will be used to support diligence (strategic planning, research, assessment, technical assistance and training) and monitoring and evaluation of Advance Peace's efforts in Stockton California. Advance Peace is committed to becoming a high-performing organization, positioning itself for rapid scale and impact. In Stockton as well as other Advance Peace pilot sites, learning management will be a key component for both the proof-pointing phase of this work, as well as for successful replication and maximized social impact of the model beyond Richmond, CA. Advance Peace is nimble and committed to learning, adapting, evolving and ensuring positive impact on future Fellowship participants within the context of implementing city realities. With its partners the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) at UC Berkeley, Advance Peace will provide the requisite technical and training support for successful model replication, and work with each city selected to develop, implement, document and manage a city specific monitoring, evaluation and learning plan.


UPDATE: In the Fall of 2018, Advance Peace is scheduled to kickoff their program in Stockton, CA. Earlier this year, the Stockton City Council passed a resolution to adopt Advance Peace. 

Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Hope and Heal Issue Area: Change the Narrative


Firearm Suicide Prevention via Reducing Access to Firearms: The gun violence prevention movement has an opportunity to become further involved in suicide prevention by focusing on reducing access to firearms. There is significant evidence for reducing access to lethal means to prevent suicide. However, there is limited evidence regarding how such interventions should be designed and implemented in order to be most effective. By applying the best available knowledge of the evidence, the gun violence prevention movement could take action to save lives. The purpose of this project is to: (1) assess the current evidence on the prevention of firearm suicide via interventions to reduce access to firearms; and (2) provide recommendations on which firearm suicide prevention strategies are recommended for investment by the Hope and Heal Fund.


UPDATE: On June 25, 2018, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) released a new paper in Injury Prevention. The paper, entitled "Limiting Access to Lethal Means: Applying the Social Ecological Model for Firearm Suicide Prevention," outlines a novel application of the social ecological model for firearm suicide prevention. 

Fall 2017

Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Hope and Heal Issue Area: Promoting Innovation


Reduce Domestic Violence and Prevent Suicide in California: The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) will develop, pilot, and refine stakeholder-specific trainings on firearms removal in cases of Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) and Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVROs), with a view of statewide implementation at the conclusion of the project period. This initiative builds on previous Ed Fund work to engage and educate stakeholders across California on the GVRO. They will partner on this project with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Shannon Frattaroli of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, and i.e. communications, LLC (i.e.).

Violence Policy Center

Hope and Heal Issue Area: Enhancing Field Effectiveness


Lethal Victimization of Hispanic Victims in California--An Annual Overview: The Violence Policy Center will write and distribute a comprehensive study (in both English and Spanish) utilizing currently available data on the lethal victimization (suicide, homicide, and unintentional death) of Hispanics in California. They will present available information in an accessible format that will be easily understood and of practical use to key stakeholders, community organizations, policymakers, and members of the English and Spanish-language news media.  In addition to helping heighten awareness on issues related to Hispanic lethal victimization, data contained in the study and possible subsequent editions could also act as one component of any baseline measure of the impact of violence prevention initiatives undertaken in the state.  In addition, the study will also include a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of data collection in the state.

The Williams Institute

Hope and Heal Issue Area: Enhancing Field Effectiveness


Gun Violence in the LGBTQ Community: Because gun violence is significantly understudied in relationship to LGBTQ people, the Williams Institute will (1) produce a report that reviews and synthesizes existing research, recommends a research agenda to fill identified gaps, and discusses implications for gun-violence prevention efforts; (2) conduct new analyses of California and national data sources regarding gun ownership and attitudes toward gun policies among LGBTQ people, which will fill some of the research gaps and inform our recommendations; and (3) host a convening of researchers and other California stakeholders to assess existing research and gun violence prevention efforts, and which will inform the final report. The project will identify research baselines and needs, as well as make preliminary assessments of best practices and interventions to enhance gun-violence prevention in LGBT communities in California and elsewhere. The project will inform the development of needed research as well as, in turn, evidence-based law, policies, and programs to reduce gun violence.